Australia has designated Hezbollah, the Iran-backed, Lebanon-based Shia group, as a “terrorist” organization.
The name covers the entire group, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. Hezbollah’s military wing has been on the list since 2003.
In May, the United States called on governments worldwide to take action against Hezbollah.
Last month, Saudi Arabia listed Lebanon-based Al-Qard Al-Hassan as a “terroristEntity, referring to links to activities that support Hezbollah.
Australia also listed the global neo-Nazi group The Base as a “terrorist” organization, making it a criminal offense to be a member.
“The government has no tolerance for violence, and there is no reason – religious or ideological – that can justify the deaths of innocent people,” Interior Minister Karen Andrews said in a statement announcing the new classifications. .
The ABC said Australia’s domestic intelligence agency was increasingly concerned about right – wing extremism and white supremacy, and that members of The Base were now responsible for about a third of its investigations.
The UK and Canada have already added the organization to their “terrorist” lists.
Ahead of Wednesday’s announcement, Australia classified 26 groups as “terrorist” organizations, including ISIL (ISIS), Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf.